The Best Luxury Hotels in Copenhagen, Denmark

Come discover why Copenhagen is consistently rated as one of the best places to live
Come discover why Copenhagen is consistently rated as one of the best places to live | © Kenny Ferguson / Alamy Stock Photo
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25 June 2021

Visiting Copenhagen will always leave you with a smile on your face. Consistently voted the happiest city to live in, the capital of Denmark is hard to leave, especially from the comfort of these luxury retreats stretching from the hip Vesterbro district to the colourful facades of Nyhavn, all bookable on Culture Trip.

It’s fervently bike-friendly, and even the military guards outside the government buildings will smile and shout a friendly “Hej!” as you cycle past. You’ll never be at a loss to find an English-speaker, and locals will gladly oblige any request to find the world-famous Little Mermaid or the gaudy Tivoli Gardens. These luxurious hotels present you with the perfect base from which to explore the city’s world-class architecture and design, Michelin-star culinary eateries, trendiest clubs and the most hygge-filled cafés and bars.

Nimb Hotel

Suite Hotel, Garden Hotel
Nimb Hotel Copenhagen
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The Nimb, boasting no less than five superb restaurants and a splendid cocktail bar, is a fantasia of grand Moorish design contrasted with pared-back Scandinavian style. It shouldn’t work, but it does. The hotel’s location next to Tivoli Gardens is ideal, as is the rooftop pool with full panoramic views.

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d’Angleterre

Hotel, Luxury
d’Angleterre, Copenhagen marchal
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The d’Angleterre has been treating its guests to a luxurious blend of elegance, style and exceptional service for over 265 years. This five-star hotel has recently undergone extensive refurbishment and has reopened as a grand palace, where refined travellers will find their every wish fulfilled. Guests can enjoy Michelin-star Restaurant Marchal, where the hotel’s story began, and the bar terrace often spills out onto the sidewalk in summer, creating a vibrant al fresco hotspot on Kongens Nytorv.

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Copenhagen Admiral Hotel

Hotel
Copenhagen Admiral Hotel
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Converted from an old waterfront warehouse dating back to 1787, the Copenhagen Admiral Hotel has a commanding view of the architecturally arresting Opera House, just across the water. Its quayside location is prime real estate, sitting right next to the Amalienborg Royal Palace. There are 200-year-old exposed wooden beams adorning many of the rooms, and the gourmet restaurant, Salt, is renowned for its innovative dishes combining contemporary and traditional Danish cuisine.

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Nobis Hotel Copenhagen

Boutique Hotel
Nobis Hotel Copenhagen
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The Nobis, housed in an elegant historical building that dates back to 1903, enjoys a prime location next to Tivoli Gardens, City Hall Square and the renowned Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum. Borrow one of the hotel’s cheerful red bikes to explore the Danish capital before enjoying a local tipple in their Marble Bar. The NOI restaurant is run under the watchful eye of chef de cuisines Fredrik Sandberg, where you can enjoy contemporary flavours with a Scandinavian twist. The bedrooms are the perfect blend of comfort and stylish minimalism designed exclusively by Swedish architect firm, Wingårdhs.

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Hotel Sanders

Boutique Hotel
Hotel Sanders
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There’s perhaps no better way to explore Copenhagen than on board the Sanders’ beautiful mahogany boat. Voyage around the city’s waterways sipping champagne and learning about the distinctive architecture and iconic landmarks of the capital from one of their in-house experts. Sanders’ cultural tours are legendary, from a behind-the-scenes tour of the Royal Theatre, to joining an art curator as they lead you through the capital’s best contemporary art galleries. The hotel’s location just behind Nyhavn is also one of the city’s best.

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  • Radisson Collection Royal Hotel, Copenhagen

    Hotel
    Radisson Collection Royal Hotel lobby
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    The Radisson Collection Royal Hotel was conceived by Jacobsen in 1960 as the first design hotel, and its statuesque beauty still dominates the city’s skyline today. Room 606 is the one to book if you know your Danish design. Preserved in its original form, Arne Jacobsen’s functional efficiency is everywhere, from the room-length windows that bring in the sky, to the original Egg and Swan Chairs.

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    Hotel Ottilia

    Boutique Hotel
    Hotel Ottilia roof
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    As with all Brøchner Hotels, Ottilia has been converted from an old building that previously had another function – in this case, the iconic Carlsberg brewery of Copenhagen. The way in which the building has been repurposed has won the Ottilia several international awards and nominations; striking industrial features blend with cosy social spaces and contemporary style in this four-star boutique hotel. Don’t miss the impressive rooftop with all-round city views.
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    Skt. Petri

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    Skt. Petri bedroom
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    This hotel, once a 1928 department store, works with bold design and even bolder colours. Emerald green downstairs; deep crimson in the rooms; vermillion red elsewhere. Works from Danish artists adorn the walls, along with striking geometric patterns on the floors, walls and furniture. Private dining rooms sit on either side of the garden courtyard, and you can enjoy deconstructed fine dining at their restaurant.

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    Villa Copenhagen

    Hotel, Eco Hotel, Boutique Hotel
    Villa Copenhagen
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    As the name suggests, this elegant hotel is inspired by grand Copenhagen residences. With 390 stylish rooms, there’s plenty of space for travellers looking for a touch of old Copenhagen’s charm. There aren’t many hotels that can offer their guests a 25m (82ft) pool, but here you’ll find a sustainably heated outdoor lap pool on a terrace overlooking the city. Their Earth Suite is a lesson in sustainable luxury that you’ll want to learn. Designed by Danish architect Eva Harlou, it’s a showcase of eco-friendly, innovative design from the bricks to the bed linen.

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    Absalon Hotel

    Budget Hotel
    Absalon Hotel
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    Designer’s Guild fabrics and furnishings run riot around this contemporary hotel, and nice little touches are everywhere – like nightlights under the bed that glow if you get up in the hours of darkness, and a rewards drinks voucher for cutting down on using housekeeping services. Its central location makes it a handy spot for a dash in from the airport, a night out in Vesterbro or a spending spree on the famous Strøget shopping street.

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    This is an updated rewrite of an article by Irene Chirita.

    These recommendations were updated on June 25, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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